Eye health is extremely important and here are some tips to help preserve vision because it is never too early to prevent any illness
- Lower your Computer Screen – lower the monitor so you have to look down to just below eye level so that your eyelids close slightly minimizing the surface area and fluid evaporation so your eyes stay moist
- Take Vitamin C, E, beta carotene (the natural ones) and zinc – these have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration by 25%
- Watch the A/C – in the car, especially people tend to let it blow in your face which can drain moisture from your eyes, significantly increasing the risk of corneal abrasions which can lead to blindness
- Fish Oils – in a recent Harvard study, those who had the highest risk for dry eye syndrome consumed the least amount of omega 3 fatty acids; and for vegetarians, use algae oil, not flaxseed as it contains more DHA omega 3; flax contains none
- Wear Sunglasses – with UV protection of course. No matter how hot you may look in those Tom Ford’s, if they don’t have UV protection, buy another brand. Overexposure to UV light can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and even skin cancer around your eyelids. Look for those that block 99 – 100% of UVA and UVB and 75 – 90 % of visible light – if you can’t see the screen on your iPhone, you’ve chosen a good brand. I wear mine even when its cloudy, raining or snowing.
- Eat Green Vegetables – Kale, spinach and collard greens contain the highest amount of lutein which is the anti-oxidant that is responsible for absorbing harmful blue light which decreases your chances of developing cataracts.